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Kessler, Donna J.

Works: 4 works in 15 publications in 1 language and 2,307 library holdings
Genres: Legends  Folklore 
Roles: Author
Classifications: F592.7.S123, 917.8042
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donna J Kessler
The making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American legend by Donna J Kessler( )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacagawea is one of the most renowned figures of the American West. A member of the Shoshone tribe, she was captured by the Hidatsas as a child and eventually became one of the wives of a French fur trader, Toussaint Charbonneau. In 1805 Charbonneau joined Lewis and Clark as the expedition's interpreter. Sacagawea was the only woman to participate in this important mission, and some claim that she served as a guide when the expedition reached the upper Missouri River and the mountainous region. Although much has been written about the historical importance of Sacagawea in connection with the expedition, no one has explored why her story has endured so successfully in Euro American culture. In an examination of representative texts (including histories, works of fiction, plays, films, and the visual arts) from 1805 to the present. Kessler charts the evolution and transformation of the legend over two centuries and demonstrates that Sacagawea has persisted as a Euro-American legend because her story exemplified critical elements of America's foundation myths - especially the concept of manifest destiny. Kessler also shows how the Sacagawea legend was flexible within its mythic framework and was used to address cultural issues specific to different time periods, including suffrage for women, taboos against miscegenation, and modern feminism. In concluding, Kessler summarizes the history of Sacagawea narratives and provides useful connections to other Native American works. This study attests that the Sacagawea legend illustrated and reinforced Euro-American frontier myths while it simultaneously allowed a populace to test and comment on critical, timely concepts unfolding within a dynamic society
Sacagawea : a uniquely American legend by Donna J Kessler( )

2 editions published in 1993 in Undetermined and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American Legend by Donna J Kessler( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Destination: the Pacific : "Ocian in View" presents Amy Mossett, Donna Kessler Barbie, Robert Carriker, Rod Ariwite, "Hollywood vs. history." by Ocian in View( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.04 (from 0.04 for The making ... to 0.78 for The Making ...)

The making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American legend The Making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American Legend
The Making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American Legend
Alternative Names
Barbie, Donna J. Kessler

Kessler Barbie, Donna

English (13)